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DUI arrests early Monday

Butte police made three driving under the influence arrests soon after Super Bowl Sunday turned into the morning after.

Just after midnight, police observed two Ford pickups traveling southbound in the 2000 block of Harrison Avenue at a high rate of speed. Police pulled over both vehicles and interviewed the drivers, who are Butte residents.

Officers said Elijah G. Nieto, 19, failed field sobriety tests and also blew over the legal limit for alcohol on a breathalyzer test. He was charged with DUI, speeding, no liability insurance in effect, and driving while his license was suspended or revoked, all misdemeanors.

Police also charged the other driver, a 17-year-old, with DUI.

Separately, around 1:45 a.m. Monday, police received a report about a man driving erratically in a white Subaru. Police said they located the vehicle near the intersection of Texas Avenue and Silver Bow Street. According to a police report, Brian J. Tahija, 32, acknowledged he had consumed alcohol and subsequently failed field sobriety tests. Later, police said, Tahija blew more than twice the legal limit for alcohol on a breathalyzer test, leading to a charge of aggravated DUI, a misdemeanor.

Not a ‘black-ops’ cop

Police responded around 10 p.m. Saturday to the Fitness Courts facility on Paxson Avenue after staff reported a man there had been hostile and refusing to leave. According to a police report, Butte resident Casey E. Hager, 26, was wearing a T-shirt that read “Police” and allegedly told staff he was a martial arts black belt and worked with the police department in “black-ops.”

Police said Hager left Fitness Courts and that officers told him not to return. Yet he eventually returned to the facility, police said, and allegedly began banging on windows there. Police subsequently arrested Hager and charged him with impersonating a public servant, a felony, and criminal trespass to property, a misdemeanor.

Criminal mischief alleged

Police arrested Austin D. Brisbo, 43, of Butte, after he allegedly broke a relative’s window on Nevada Avenue around 10:15 p.m. Friday, an act that led to the relative pepper spraying Brisbo, police said. Officers located Brisbo nearby, on Maryland Avenue, and when they attempted to arrest him, Brisbo allegedly struggled, police said. He was charged with criminal mischief and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors, records show.

Assault alleged

Police said witnesses told them that Butte resident Tyree K. Selage, 38, had allegedly head-butted a man and slapped a woman during a dispute Saturday evening in the 400 block of Virginia Street. Selage told police he was trying to defend himself, according to a police report. Selage was charged with three misdemeanor counts of simple assault and misdemeanor criminal mischief, records show.

ATV flight short-lived

Police said Butte resident Ronald T. Burd, 40, attempted to flee on an ATV when they arrived around 5:45 a.m. Sunday in the vicinity of Ryan Road to investigate a report of a suspicious ATV pulling a trailer. Police said they apprehended Burd nearby after the trailer tipped over. He was charged with fleeing from/eluding police, resisting arrest and driving while his license was suspended or revoked, all misdemeanors, records show.

Disorderly conduct

Butte police arrested a 22-year-old Butte man and a 24-year-old Butte woman after they allegedly disobeyed police instructions and were disruptive after officers responded Saturday evening to the report of two males yelling in the 1800 block of Florida Avenue.

Police said Robert W. Hemphill was yelling profanities at the scene around 5:30 p.m. and refused to obey police instructions to return to his residence. They said Hemphill struggled when they arrested him and that Brystal J. Hemphill went to him and then refused to leave the scene when instructed. Robert Hemphill was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors, and Brystal Hemphill was charged with obstructing justice, a misdemeanor, records show. Police said they weren’t sure how or whether the Hemphills are related.


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